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New 2017 Tenant Laws

2017 ushered in a host of state and local laws that affect your legals rights as a tenant: New State Tenant Laws The California legislature enacted several laws protecting tenants, including creating new laws related to bed bugs, regulating condominium pesticide treatment notices and procedures, and augmenting rules pertaining to public accessibility of court records in unlawful detainer proceedings. AB-551 – “Bed Bug Law” (Effective 1/1/17) This law establishes a landlord’s duty to ensure prompt treatment and control of bed bugs. […]

Richmond Rent Control

The City of Richmond has a rent increase limitation ordinance (“Richmond Rent Control”), which caps the annual amount a landlord can increase rent, and a just cause eviction ordinance (“Richmond Eviction Control”), which protects tenants from eviction absent one of the enumerated just causes for eviction. Richmond, Cal., Mun. Code Art. XI, c. 11.100 (2016). The Richmond Rent Control Ordinance only applies to certain residential rental units, as described below. Richmond Eviction Control applies to nearly all residential rental units […]

Oakland Rent Control

Am I covered by Oakland Rent Control? The Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Program applies to buildings with two or more units in Oakland that have a certificate of occupancy prior to January 1, 1983. However, the following units are not covered by the Oakland Rent Ordinance: 1. Dwelling units in subsidized housing, including units where tenants are using Section 8 vouchers; 2. Motels and boarding houses where the tenant has not been in continuous residence for thirty or more days; […]

Los Gatos Rent Control

What units are covered under the Los Gatos Rent Ordinance? Properties with three or more rental units held under common ownership and located in the City of Los Gatos are covered.  The Ordinance covers all rent increases and landlord/tenant disputes arising after July 1, 1980.[1]  The following units are excluded from rent control:

Forcing Your Landlord to Repair

What are a landlord’s responsibilities regarding repairs? A landlord must make a rental unit habitable both prior to and during a lease. The landlord is legally required to make all necessary repairs to ensure habitability. The case of Green v. Superior Court held that all residential rental agreements contain an implied warranty of habitability. [1] A landlord is responsible for repairing all serious defects that affect a rental unit’s habitability.[2] In addition the landlord is responsible for any significant failures […]

Mountain View Tenant Relocation Assistance Program

Does the City of Mountain View require landlords to provide relocation assistance? Tenants living in buildings with four or more units who are displaced by demolition, remodel, redevelopment, condominium conversion, or change of use are entitled to relocation.[1]

Oakland Condo Conversion

Oakland Condominium Conversions Updated April 4, 2016 What buildings can be converted to condominiums in the City of Oakland?  In the City of Oakland, all buildings can be converted to condominiums.  If the building is located in the Lake Merritt District, the owner of the building must build new units to replace the units that are being converted.

Berkeley Condo Conversion

Berkeley Condominium Conversions Updated March 25, 2016 What is the maximum number of rental units that the City of Berkeley may approve for condominium conversion? For all condominium conversion applications submitted after January 1, 2009, no more than 100 rental units per year may be approved for condominium conversion, community apartments or stock cooperative units.  If the number of units approved for conversion in a given year is less than 100, the number for the following year is increased by […]

City of Alameda Rent Control

CITY OF ALAMEDA RENT CONTROL ORDINANCE:  RENT STABILIZATION AND LIMITATIONS ON EVICTIONS ORDINANCE  Joseph Tobener (March 2016) What units are covered by eviction protection? All units in Alameda are covered by eviction protection, including single family homes and condominiums, and new construction.  Eviction protection is not extended to units where rents are regulated by federal law, the housing authority, or other state or local program.  Nor is it extended to mobile homes, commercial units, and motels/hotels where the stay is […]

Condo Rent Control

Ever wonder if the condominium you rent is covered by rent control or exempt under Costa Hawkins? We have put together a chart that can be used to determine if in fact you are covered by rent control.(PDF 0.3MB)

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